ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 5, 2012


      ArtBits always features a calendar of the goings on of Franklin County artists. Check out these events around Franklin County. Each issue includes the entire text of our weekly newspaper column.

      Stop in for live music and more at the Fairfax Music Sessions at the Foothills Bakery in Fairfax most Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m., at various restaurants around Franklin County throughout the week, at the Bayside in St Albans Town most Sunday afternoons, and the Cambridge CoffeeHouses at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
     These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. The booked performances and acoustic Open Mike Nights feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.

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      The Summer of Music continues with three major concerts this weekend.


      The All Arts Council presents the Young Guns Tailgating Tour in the Summer Sounds concert in Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
      Country music's Keeghan Nolan and the AAC have been independently showcasing the talented under-21 performers from this area. AAC particularly wants to showcase the younger up-and-coming stars.
      The Young Guns on the Tailgating Tour include Tiffany Couture, Alanna Freeman, Mingo Maquera, Troy Millette, Rosie Newton, and Deanna Pelletier.
      Ms. Nolan, still just 19, has spent her life in country music, traveling between Vermont, Nashville, and Florida to perform at indoor and outdoor festivals, County Fairs and concerts including each of the major Franklin County festivals. She has opened for national acts David Allan Coe, Jimmy Wayne and Dusty Drake, and performed with 8084 on their Reunion Tour. She also organized the 2011 Young Guns Flood Relief Tour.
      Just before the concert, stop by for the Special Olympics-Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6 p.m. The social hour is a chance to visit with friends and enjoy hot dogs and cool ice cream on a hot night.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling, Desorcie's Market, Drummac Septic Service, O. C. McCuin and Sons, Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing, and Swanton Chamber of Commerce.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings, always at 7 p.m., always in Highgate Municipal Park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair as you settle in to enjoy outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site is the Highgate United Methodist Church.
      Click here for posters and more info.

     The Young Guns Tailgating Tour makes several other stops this season including Newport, St. Albans, and a Summer Sounds concert in Swanton.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on Barbara Colgrove, Beth McAdams, Pam Voss, and Jo Anne Wazney.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments on this evening from 5 - 8 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of July.
      The Vermont River Conservancy drawing for A.I.R. member Jim Foote's painting, Fishing Below the Falls, will be held at the gallery on Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds will go toward the purchase of 7 acres in Enosburg Falls to be conserved as a River Access Park.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 45 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The gallery, located at 321 Main Street, is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. plus the first Sunday of each month, noon to 5 p.m.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap at the Lincoln Inn offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m. and the Phil Abair Band tomorrow at 9
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

HIGHGATE FALLS--St. John Episcopal Church presents a Peter Griggs concert, a History of Classical Guitar, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
      Mr. Griggs will play 500 years of guitar music from the Renaissance to the Contemporary.
      Guitarist and composer Peter Griggs performs classical music of all periods, as well as jazz, Brazilian music, flamenco, and his own compositions. He lives in New York City and has toured extensively, presenting more than 350 solo guitar concerts in the USA and Europe at art centers, museums, festivals, churches, jazz clubs and other venues. He has worked with or been commissioned by the Pan Asian Repertory Theater, New York Theater Workshop, the New York State Theater Institute, Compania Nacional de Danza de Espana, National Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, WNET TV, and the World-wide Video Festival. Mr. Griggs has recorded on Music Of The World, Folkways Records, Treecastle Music and Locust Records.
      The 19th century brick St. John's Church was built by Joel Whitney of Enosburg and includes a three-stop organ built by Henry Erben. The building is conventional classic with gothic pointed windows. The historical church is now used for weddings, Evensong services, and concerts in the summer.
      Admission is by free will donation.
      Call 802.868.7185, click here , or here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--St. Paul's Methodist Church presents the Barnstormers Chorus in concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
      The Barnstormers sing "good ole American songs" across many genres that blend spirituals, gospels, and patriotic pieces in an uplifting style. Members come from all the New England states, as well as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and Florida. They are recruiting new singers, from High School age and up, in four male voices, First Tenor, Second Tenor, Baritone, and Bass.
      The four-part male choral group has about 60 members and performs just three concerts throughout New England, Pennsylvania, and New York each year. They have drawn audiences for more than 60 years.
      No admission is ever charged at a concert. A free-will offering is collected at concerts to help defray expenses.

SOUTH HERO--Island Arts presents Melodeon at the South Hero Congregational Church on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      The trio of musicians, Marti Newland, soprano, George Spitzer, baritone, and Artis Wodehouse, concert pianist, from New York City are making their first appearance in Vermont. They perform 19th century American music on period antique instruments collected by Ms. Wodehouse.
      The concert is designed with the family in mind. Adult admission is $20 and children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at or at the door. All profits go to the Island Arts youth scholarship fund.

ST. ALBANS BAY--Bluegrass at Bayside presents the Missisquoi River Band with special guest Will Patton at the Bayside Pavilion on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
      The band includes Cindy Weed, stand up bass, Jim Weed, lead and rhythm guitar, and artist Pat Murphy, guitar. "We all sing and write many our own songs," Ms. Weed said.
      Admission is free.


     The National Archives holds a large collection of audiovisual works that relate to the American Revolution. The selected pictures on this site are photographic copies of the original works with the dates, media of the originals, and artists' names given.


      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site.


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